New wavy here!

I'm new. I've been growing my hair out for ages now, it's about 24 inches and it needs a small trim for split ends and stuff. I basically couldn't take care of my hair until recently due to illness, so I'd braid it and put it under a snood for months at a time and then take it out and comb it and then do that again. Needless to say I was doing nothing at all to take care of it until recently.

So... it has a lot of different textures in it. It ranges from 1C to 3A, although now that it's longer it's mostly 2A (a thin layer over the surface) and 2B (underneath). It's both coarse and extremely thick. I noticed that the hair I thought was 1C (the parts that hang down towards the front) actually becomes wavy when it's been given oil treatments and moisturized, so maybe that's not even 1C when it's properly taken care of.

When I brush it out, a lot of the waves disappear somewhat (temporarily), and I don't like that -- because I like the way it looks when it's wavier. But at the same time I need to detangle it and my Wet Brush does the best job at that. I've got a wide toothed plastic comb ("simulated wood" it claims to be, I thought it was wood for awhile but I didn't look closely) but I like the feel of my hair after that brush. I was a little nervous about the knobs on the brush because when I was a kid I destroyed brushes because of the knobs getting stuck in my tangles. But now that I'm taking care of it daily it seems like less of a big deal.

I did the floating test and most of my hair floated but some parts of it sunk. I don't know what that means, I assume since most of it floated it's low porosity? I still don't know what to do about that yet.

My hair is black when it's short, it becomes more like a very dark brown when it's longer, and it sort of glows medium-brown if light shines through it at the right angle. It seems to get darker when I do a deep moisturizing treatment and gets lighter and lighter looking as it gets dryer.

The front of my hair (that part that seems like 1C when not taken care of well, 2A when taken care of) seems to hold oil really intensely, when I do olive or coconut oil treatments... even coconut MILK it holds so much oil from it that it requires washing it out sometimes many times. Meanwhile, the 2B under layer is dry no matter what I do to it, and only seems moisturized from the oil treatments for the first couple days. But if I do them more often, the front part of my hair gets greasy, while the under layer is still barely hanging onto any moisture. So it seems that the different parts of my hair handle products differently, which makes things difficult.

Right now I don't really shampoo often, except to get oil out of my hair during oil treatments. I use Sheamoisture's coconut and hibiscus curl and shine shampoo, when I shampoo at all, and I love the stuff. I've also got a conditioner I don't remember the type, but it was one I got off this site ages ago. I'm interested in figuring out homemade daily moisturizing sprays to spray onto the underside of my hair to see if I can get it to be anything other than dry.

The one thing my hair has going for it is that it's never been dyed, blow-dried, or had styling products put on it, and I obviously haven't been shampooing it when it was up in the snood all those months. But it's also been totally neglected, and since I'm trying to grow it as long as I can, I'm trying to learn more about taking care of it.

I never knew there was so much science about hair, and hair care, it seems to be a huge thing of its own.
I would have a hair analysis from Goosefootprints on Etsy,
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
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... That will help you work out your hair properties (DIY porosity test is junk science) and how much you need to cut off. The lighter parts are likely some sort of damage, usually sunlight but may be down to mechanical damage from neglect.

Oils do not moisturise (add or increase water). The best way to remove the excess after a treatment is conditioner only washing. Use hot water, LOADS of product, massage until you get a light lather, soak for a while, rinse with more massage, possible repeat.

Don't brush out tangles, studies suggest that causes breakage by hairs looping around the bristles/ teeth. Finger detangle slowly and with a lot of patience when hair is wet and slathered in a slippy conditioner. You can follow that with a seamless wide tooth comb or detangling brush to smooth or spread leave in conditioner. Do not dry brush that causes frizz, straightens out waves, can rip off cuticles.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Hello from a fellow wavy newbie! Being a thin density wavy, I'm jealous of your thick hair. But yeah, I agree that having different textures in your hair that react differently to the same product sounds like a drag. Firefox's suggestion is a good one. I wish I could get my hair analyzed so I have facts, rather than my guesses. My wallet can't handle that price tag right now, though. So far I have just been testing out different products & oils on my hair to see if my hair tends to get greasy (low porosity) or if it just "drinks" it up (high porosity). Going from that, I'd say I was low to normal porosity.
That's interesting that your hair holds on to the oils in coconut milk. I'm thinking about doing a protein treatment with coconut milk but maybe I should do a test run by using it as a rinse to see what happens.

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